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Week 9
(counting from first day of last menstrual period)
Around 7 Weeks After Conception

Please keep in mind that this information is approximate. Each pregnancy is different and growth rates vary. If you have any questions, please check with your care provider.

Check out this week:
Easy Labor Authors Are Here to Answer Your Questions
Dr. William Camann and Kathryn Alexander, authors of Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth are here to discuss how you can make confident, informed choices regarding pain relief preferences. [Click Here]
Healthy Pregnancy Over 35 Author Interview
Laura Goetzl, MD, MPH, author of Health Pregnancy Over 35, is visiting to discuss the unique concerns of women over the age of 35. [Click Here]

Fetal Development:

2nd monthCartilage and bones begin to form. The basic structure of the eye is well underway and the tongue begins to develop. The intestines start to move out of the umbilical cord and into the abdomen as the body grows and makes room. The fingers and thumb have appeared but are short and webbed.

Multiples: The babies are developing just like singleton babies. Each baby is about one gram in weight and about the same size as singleton babies.

Maternal Changes:
You're missing your second period this week. Your breasts may be fuller now than ever before and may feel very sensitive. Wearing a supportive bra can ease some of the tenderness. Your waistline may be growing and you may experience some heartburn and indigestion as your body adjusts to pregnancy hormones. Visit StorkNet's Pregnancy Discomforts page for remedies that helped other parents.

Ideas for Dad:

Sex got you to this point so let's talk about it. Many women go through a change in their desires during the first trimester. Mom may feel so crummy with morning sickness that she won't even let you in the bedroom. (Don't take it personally - there's that line again). On the other hand, without the hassles and worries of birth control and with the surge of hormones, she may be a sexual maniac. In either case, she's normal.

What about you? Dads can also experience a change. At this point, mom isn't showing (or isn't showing very much) but her breasts are expanding in a glorious way. The figure changes may be quite attractive to you, and you may feel like a 16-year old boy again. But, you may be worried about hurting the baby or doing something to disrupt the pregnancy. If you're worried about this Dad, talk to the doctor/midwife so you can alleviate your fears.

If mom isn't on the same wavelength you are, this can be tough. Be understanding and remember that her hormones can make her moods look like a yo-yo in perpetual motion. If you're both in the mood, enjoy it. If you're not, you can still be close/intimate without having intercourse. TALK ABOUT IT with her so you aren't playing guessing games.

Visit our interview with the authors of the Mother's Guide to Sex.

Inspirational Thoughts:

And do respect the women of the world; remember you all had mothers. ~Allen Toussaint


The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips, and Advice for Dads-To-Be by Armin A. Brott and Jennifer Ash, published by Abbeville Press, Inc., 2001. Both mom AND dad should read this one!

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